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Old 05-28-2009, 08:31 PM   #1
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Front speakers

I just bought new speakers for my 2009 jeep wrangler unlimited and the back two speakers went in like a charm. I went to tackle the front two and decided to wait till tommorow. Can someone please either tell me, or point me to a link showing step by step instructions on how to replace them ? Thank yall for your help ( mainly how to remove the old ones, do I have to take the dash off ?)

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Well, let me just say it's a job! It might be worth it to pay a shop to do it. It's a very lenghty process but in short... the dash has to be disassembled and loosened up to the point where you will have just enough clearance to be able to get to the three philips head screws holding each speaker in place. You will never be able to remove or break down the dash enough to have free access to them. You will only get it loose enough to barely access them. Even a wratchet with a socket and a philips bit will likely be too long to wedge in there. I had to buy a special tool, it looks like a mini gear wrench with a philips bit (kind of like the one you would use with a regular drill) and the bit locks into place on the gear wrench. You might be able to wedge a wratchet in there but it would require pulling/bending the dash out a lot and i was scared to do that. I'll see if I can dig up some documentation tonight showing what screws of the dash have to be removed. Many are hidden behind panels that need to be popped off. When you pop off the panels below the steering column and below the glove box, use a putty knife and gently pry. The glove box has to come out and the panel just below the steering column has to pop out in order to get to all the screws. I have a document that shows the location of all the screws. I have done stereo install for years and these were probably in the top 5 for hardest front midrange install. The only positive thing is nobody will ever be able to steal them without taking the whole Jeep. Send me a private message with your email address and I'll try to send over some of my documents tonight. Again, I would see what your local stereo shop would charge. If it's around $50 I would let them deal with it. It will take you several hours and you may have to buy that wrench too. ($15) You can do the tweeters yourself in less then an hour.

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Well, let me just say it's a job! It might be worth it to pay a shop to do it. It's a very lenghty process but in short... the dash has to be disassembled and loosened up to the point where you will have just enough clearance to be able to get to the three philips head screws holding each speaker in place. You will never be able to remove or break down the dash enough to have free access to them. You will only get it loose enough to barely access them. Even a wratchet with a socket and a philips bit will likely be too long to wedge in there. I had to buy a special tool, it looks like a mini gear wrench with a philips bit (kind of like the one you would use with a regular drill) and the bit locks into place on the gear wrench. You might be able to wedge a wratchet in there but it would require pulling/bending the dash out a lot and i was scared to do that. I'll see if I can dig up some documentation tonight showing what screws of the dash have to be removed. Many are hidden behind panels that need to be popped off. When you pop off the panels below the steering column and below the glove box, use a putty knife and gently pry. The glove box has to come out and the panel just below the steering column has to pop out in order to get to all the screws. I have a document that shows the location of all the screws. I have done stereo install for years and these were probably in the top 5 for hardest front midrange install. The only positive thing is nobody will ever be able to steal them without taking the whole Jeep. Send me a private message with your email address and I'll try to send over some of my documents tonight. Again, I would see what your local stereo shop would charge. If it's around $50 I would let them deal with it. It will take you several hours and you may have to buy that wrench too. ($15) You can do the tweeters yourself in less then an hour.
Damn, my stock speakers are sounding better already!
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:22 PM   #4
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INSTRUMENT PANEL SPEAKER – DRIVER
1. Disconnect the battery negative cable.
2. Remove the instrument panel end cap.
3. Remove the steering column opening cover.
4. Remove the amplifier.
5. Disconnect the electrical connector.
6. Remove the mounting fasteners in the left side of the instrument panel.
7. Remove the speaker mounting fasteners.
8. Remove the speaker by carefully pulling the left side of the instrument panel outward until there is sufficient room to remove the speaker through the end cap area.

INSTRUMENT PANEL SPEAKER – PASSENGER
1. Disconnect the battery negative cable.
2. Remove the glove box.
3. Remove the instrument panel end cap.
4. Disconnect the electrical connectors.
5. Remove the speaker mounting fasteners.
6. Remove the speaker.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:03 PM   #5
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i love the 8 step "how-to" listed above. it makes it sound so easy!
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:22 PM   #6
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thats how it worked for me if i remember corectly. wasnt as hard as this thread made it seem. at least for me. i got that big piece of plastic out of the way.
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:43 AM   #7
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well, i should note that i did a custom install which included upgrading to larger / higher end speaker. Replacing with direct factory match should make it a little easier. - Rob
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Hi - what tool(s) are needed to remove the speakers and covers in th JK "Sound Bar" Are they Torx bolts, or allen head?

Thanks!
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i havent replaced those yet but if its like the rest of the jeep it will be torx bolts. its all torx bolts
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Old 09-11-2009, 06:56 PM   #10
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Try this Quadratech/Mopar PDF. Pages 20-23 refer to the Wrangler Installation:

Wrangler Speaker PDF (Link)

I had mine done by Best Buy. Even having the background of having worked on Jeep's before, it still took a Professional Installer about 2-1/2 - 3 hrs to complete. It's not an easy task, so take your time.

Best of Luck!

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Well, let me just say it's a job! It might be worth it to pay a shop to do it. It's a very lenghty process but in short... the dash has to be disassembled and loosened up to the point where you will have just enough clearance to be able to get to the three philips head screws holding each speaker in place. You will never be able to remove or break down the dash enough to have free access to them. You will only get it loose enough to barely access them. Even a wratchet with a socket and a philips bit will likely be too long to wedge in there. I had to buy a special tool, it looks like a mini gear wrench with a philips bit (kind of like the one you would use with a regular drill) and the bit locks into place on the gear wrench. You might be able to wedge a wratchet in there but it would require pulling/bending the dash out a lot and i was scared to do that. I'll see if I can dig up some documentation tonight showing what screws of the dash have to be removed. Many are hidden behind panels that need to be popped off. When you pop off the panels below the steering column and below the glove box, use a putty knife and gently pry. The glove box has to come out and the panel just below the steering column has to pop out in order to get to all the screws. I have a document that shows the location of all the screws. I have done stereo install for years and these were probably in the top 5 for hardest front midrange install. The only positive thing is nobody will ever be able to steal them without taking the whole Jeep. Send me a private message with your email address and I'll try to send over some of my documents tonight. Again, I would see what your local stereo shop would charge. If it's around $50 I would let them deal with it. It will take you several hours and you may have to buy that wrench too. ($15) You can do the tweeters yourself in less then an hour.
did my left front speaker this past weekend. It IS quite the knuckle buster. The top philips speaker screw is the roughest one, especially goin back in. In retrospect it's worth 50 bones or so to have someone else do it fer shur.,,,, just no dadgum room.
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Hi - what tool(s) are needed to remove the speakers and covers in th JK "Sound Bar" Are they Torx bolts, or allen head?

Thanks!
it's a torx bit. not sure what size, i'm afraid.

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